Beat the Winter Blah’s!

Beat the Winter Blahs!

Don’t let Winter give you the blahs! There’s plenty to do both indoors and outdoors to keep your spirits up!

1. Enter to to Win a Beloit Getaway Including a Two-Night Stay at the Award-Winning Hampton Inn!

Hampton Inn Lounge

2. Go sledding on “Hospital Hill!”

“Hospital Hill,” located at Olympian Boulevard and Elm Street by Krueger Park, has long been a favorite spot for sledding.

3. Participate in Beloit Winterfest January 19-21

Ice Sculpting at Winterfest

Winterfest, organized by Beloit Parks and Leisure Services, will take place January 19-21. Winterfest is a family fun weekend of indoor and outdoor festivities! Activities typically include a 4 on 4 coed volleyball tournament, snow golf, euchre tournament, bingo, ice skating at Edward’s Ice Arena, horse drawn sleigh rides at Big Hill Park. Special help is also provided by the Beloit Public Library, and the Welty Environmental Center. In 2017, the Rock Bar & Grill featured ice sculpting as part of Winterfest!

4. Enjoy National Homemade Soup Day on February 4th at Bagels & More Local Cafe!

homemade soup

Bagels & More Local Cafe offers a choice of freshly made soups of the day. All of their soups are made daily and served with a bagel or a slice of our freshly baked bread.

5. Warm Up With Wine by the Fire at DC Estate Winery!

DC Estate Winery Winter

Conveniently located just minutes off I-90 in a picturesque park-like setting, DC Estate Winery offers a romantic taste of Tuscany. With a beautiful and welcoming tasting room and a beautiful fireplace, DC Estate Winery is the perfect spot to relax, savor delicious wine and enjoy warm hospitality.

6. Watch a film every Wednesday during BIFF Year ‘Round and attend Beloit International Film Festival

Beloit International Film Festival

The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) presents an independent film each Wednesday at Hendricks Center for the arts for just $5 during BIFF Year ‘Round! BIFF also presents an annual ten-day film festival that celebrates the power of independent film from around the globe. This year’s festival will be held February 23-March 4.

Local residents and visitors from across the nation fill venues ranging in size from 40 to 400 seats to view 100 films and to meet scores of filmmakers who come from throughout the U.S. and around the world. (608) 312-4256

7. Play Zombie Dodge Ball  Ironworks Golf Lab

At Ironworks Golf Lab, you can use of three simulators to improve your game or just have fun. The HD simulator lets you choose from 100 courses from around the world, and the other two simulators let you choose between golf or 14 other games, including hockey and zombie dodgeball! There are also adult beverages and snacks available. You can make your reservation online. (608) 473-009

8. Attend a performance by the Beloit Civic Theatre Company as they present Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park

January 25, 26, 27 and February 1, 2, 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Also 3 p.m. matinees on January 27, 28 & February 3

Beloit Civic Theatre has been producing community theatre productions continuously since its founding in 1932. Performances are held in the intimate 200 seat Elizabeth Reinholz Theatre at the south end of Beloit Memorial High School (1225 Fourth St.)

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK introduces us to Paul and Corie Bratter who are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco. Everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

9. Hike or Snow  in Big Hill Park!

Winter from Big Hill

Big Hill Park is one of Beloit’s most scenic sites. Located on the bluffs of the Rock River, this 190-acre park boasts nature and hiking trails, an environmental education center, bike trail, cross-country ski trail, a scenic overlook with spectacular vistas. The city offers snowshoe rentals at our Leisure Services office (click for details). 

Big Hill Memorial Park was purchased around 1925 and began to take shape as a park in the early 1930’s with the construction of stone fireplaces for picnickers to use. These fireplaces can still be seen today along with the famous 90 ft. bluff  on the West bank of the Rock River. The bluff had been used to hold annual ski jumping competitions by the Beloit Ski Club. Even though the ski jump is no longer in existence, the spectacular view remains from the top of the bluff. There are nature trails constructed throughout the entire park allowing for abundance of wildlife sighting. Beloit is also on the midway point of the 320 mile long Rock River Trail.

10. Enjoy Free Music at Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint!

Every Friday and Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday

Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint is not only a premiere steak house, it’s a great place to listen to music while enjoying a cocktail. Get the schedule here.

11. Take a walk around the beautiful grounds of Beloit College!

Beloit College, the state’s oldest private college, sits high on a hill overlooking the Rock River. The campus offers a picture-perfect location to meander through 40 wooded acres of winding walkways.



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